St. Louis Public Radio News
6:59 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Cole Co. judge rules casino measure can stay on Mo. ballot

Jefferson City, MO – A Cole County judge has ruled that a casino measure can remain on Missouri's November ballot.

Critics of the measure had filed a lawsuit claiming that Proposition A violated the single subject matter clause.

But Judge Richard Callahan ruled that the various items in the measure all relate to gambling and to its revenues.

Laura Egerdol is spokesperson for Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, one of the defendants in the suit.

"What the Secretary of State's office does is works to ensure fairness and integrity in all aspects of the election process...when we work to put ballot measures on the ballot, we want to make sure that they are fair and that all Missourians can understand what they are voting on," Egerdal said.

If approved by voters, Proposition A would remove the state's $500 loss limit and bar any future loss limits from being enacted.

It would also limit the number of casinos to those already in business or being built, and raise casino taxes to generate more funding for Missouri's public schools.

In addition, it would require ID checks when necessary to verify that casino patrons are at least 21 years old.

KWMU contacted the plaintiffs' attorney for a comment, but so far there has been no response.